Rachel Louise Snyder was eight years old when her mother died, and her distraught father thrust the family into an evangelical, cult-like existence halfway across the country. Furiously rebellious, she was expelled from school and home at age 16. Living out of her car and relying on strangers, Rachel managed to talk her way into college and eventually travelled the globe as a journalist. Survival became her reporter’s beat, and in places like India, Niger, and Cambodia, she interviewed those who had been through the unimaginable. A piercing account of Snyder’s journey from teenage runaway to reporter on the global epidemic of domestic violence, Women We Buried, Women We Burned is a necessary story of family struggle, female survival, and the transformative power of resilience.
This review was published in the SEP/NOV 2023 issue of The Art of Healing.